The Art of Architectural Photography
Photography is one of those activities that have for a long time been viewed as a hobby but have in modern times risen to the level of an art and a profession. In fact, photography is now an artform with many specialized categories such as fashion photography, sports photography, landscape photography and architectural photography which is the focus of this article.
Where to start?
Achieving the status of a professional photographer often requires investment in terms of money, time and mostly, years upon years of practice. A natural penchant for photography should also be a great help. Architectural photography is photography committed to taking pictures of built structures with a focus on their architectural designs and aesthetics and appreciating the uniqueness and style of each structure, whether cultural, residential or business investment, all topped up with a clear professionalism. The end product of architectural photography is mostly used in marketing brochures promoting the structure that has been photographed or developing websites. For people desiring to practice architectural photography professionally, a degree in architecture is always an advantage.
The right education is the key to success
Nothing can help one appreciate the architectural qualities of a building better than an in depth understanding of architecture as a subject. Even if not a degree, some other qualification in architectural studies or related subjects such as building and construction design should come in handy. These courses are offered in most colleges and universities. Architectural photography is a specialized form of photography and so naturally the other necessary qualification is in photography. It is true that almost everybody can take a good photograph of a structure. However, architectural photography is not about taking a good picture, it is about taking a professional picture that represents the structure in its truest light and that sends the desired message. An architectural photographers photograph should break down a structure's architectural, functional and aesthetic elements in a manner that satisfies the targeted consumer, a potential buyer or investor for instance, and also answer to the needs of the person commissioning the photograph.
Use the latest tools of the trade
It therefore goes without saying that you should know your way around digital camera equipment and even photo editing software. Some people choose to study architecture or a related subject and then study photography separately. As the profession gains popularity however, some institutions have started offering courses in architectural photography as an independent subject that incorporates elements of both architecture and photography. Besides this, some schools that have traditionally offered architecture as a course have introduced elements of photography into the course so as to make it more wholesome. It cannot therefore be said that there is a shortage of training institutions. The only thing you have to do is to analyze your present qualification and decide the course that suits you best. In addition to attaining the necessary educational requirements, you also need to practice because photography is an art. It is advisable to start early and build a portfolio even as you attend school.
An avid interest sparks genuine creativity?
Through practice, you gain experience and pick up the tricks of the profession. You might even be able to develop your own style of photography and develop it into a professional advantage. if you can have a mentor, the better. A mentor should be able to get you through the initial hurdles that you might face, but let’s face it- competition in the real word is always fierce. Having an interest in every aspect of Architectural Photography should be the fuel that sparks new ideas and may present a new angle for presenting this artform coupled with modern construction and architecture.